AO Research Institute Davos’s purpose

In its work to further the AO's mission, AO Research Institute Davos's purpose is to advance patient care through innovative orthopedic research and development.


Orthopedics concerns musculoskeletal, spine and cranio-maxillo-facial trauma, degenerative musculoskeletal diseases, infections, and congenital disorders.

AO Research Institute Davos goals

  • Contribute to high quality applied preclinical research and development (exploratory and translational) focused towards clinical applications/solutions.
  • Investigate and improve the performance of surgical procedures, devices, and substances.
  • Foster a close relationship with the AO medical community, academic societies, and universities.
  • Provide research environment/support for AO clinicians.

All AO Research Institute Davos projects are applied preclinical research or applied preclinical development projects focused towards clinical applications. Definitions (within the applied research):
  • exploratory applied preclinical research is fundamental research, to solve major clinical problems over a extended timeframe (over ten years).
  • translational applied preclinical research aims at developing a clinical applicable result in around five years and builds upon the fundamental applied preclinical research. This research is usually not possible without the previous fundamental applied preclinical research.

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